5 die in Pendleton house fire

Five people were killed in a house fire at 1220 SE Court Place in Pendleton on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. Two more were injured. (Tim Trainor/East Oregonian)
Five people were killed in a house fire at 1220 SE Court Place in Pendleton on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. Two more were injured. (Tim Trainor/East Oregonian)

PENDLETON, Ore. (KOIN) — Five people — including three children — died in a Pendleton, Ore., house fire Sunday, according to the East Oregonian.

First responders arrived to find two adults injured outside of the home, said Lt. Bill Caldera with Pendleton Police. Three children and two more adults have so far been found dead inside in the home, he said.

The first call for the fire came in at 6:09 a.m. Sunday, Caldera said. First responders arrived within two minutes, according to a news release from the city of Pendleton.

The two-story home, at 1220 SE Court Place, was destroyed in the blaze. It took firefighters more than an hour to bring the blaze under control, according to the Associated Press.

The two adults who escaped the fire were flown to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, Caldera said. Their conditions are unknown at this time. Legacy Emanuel has one of the only burn centers in the region and is reportedly a leader in burn care.

Police are working to identify the victims and notify their next of kin. Investigators also are working to find the origin of the fire and the cause.

Portland’s fire and police bureaus are helping Pendleton police with the investigation. They will be talking to the two victims flown to Portland for treatment. Those statements may be taken Monday.

Additional agencies also assisted Pendleton responders at the scene, according to the Pendleton release. Those agencies are said to include Oregon State Police, Umatilla Tribal Fire, the Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

– The East Oregonian originated some of this report

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